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When it comes to natural stone, there are two main ways in which the stone can be cut: cross cut and vein cut. Both of these types of cuts have their own unique benefits, and the method used will greatly affect the look, feel, and character of the stone. In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between cross-cut and vein-cut stones, so that you can make an informed decision about what type of natural stone is best for your needs!
What is a Cross Cut Stone?
A cross-cut, also sometimes known as rift cut, is the term used when a stone is cut perpendicular (90-degree angle) to the natural bedding. Cutting the block of stone across the grain or veins allows large fragments of colorful variations to be extracted. These fragments appear in the form of floral or fern-like patterns with a swirly or cloudy look.
Advantages of Cross-Cut Stone
One of the main advantages of having a cross-cut stone is that the perpendicular angle of the cut creates a more swirly or cloudy look, which can be very pleasing to the eye. It also allows more color variation of light to dark brown, which brings at least 8-9 shades of colors in a single stone.
What is a Vein Cut Stone?
Vein cut, also called fleuri-cut, is used when a stone is cut along the grain or veins of the bedrock or the bedding plane. This type of cutting results in a stone that has a linear appearance and is composed of long, thin strips of veins. Vein cut stone also displays compressed fossils and sedimentary structures in less color variation, usually in darker or lighter colors with similar hues, rather than a range of colors.
Advantages of Vein Cut Stone
Vein cut stone has a more linear appearance, which can be very stylish and modern looking. It also displays compressed fossils and sedimentary structures, which can be very interesting to look at. Additionally, vein cut stone usually has less color variation, which can be easier to match with other design elements in your home.
So, which is better: Cross Cut or Vein Cut?
There is no easy answer when it comes to choosing between cross-cut and vein-cut stone. Each of these cuts provides the same durability and strength, so worrying about which is stronger is unnecessary. Instead, the main difference between these two types of cuts is aesthetic. Consider the look you are going for in your kitchen countertop or bathroom, and choose the type of stone that best fits your vision.
If you are looking for a stone with more color variation and a swirly, cloudy appearance, then cross-cut stone is a better option to go. But if you prefer a more linear look with interesting fossils and sedimentary structures on display, then vein-cut stone is the better choice. Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of preference and what you think looks best in your home!
We hope that this blog post has helped to clear up any confusion you may have had about the difference between cross cut and vein cut stone. If you have any additional questions or would like to see some examples of these types of stones in person, we encourage you to stop by our showroom or give us a call. We would be happy to help you choose the perfect type of stone for your home!